A blog about an actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age; and occasionally the Denishawn Dance Company, writer Frank Wedekind, his character Lulu, Weimar Germany, Hollywood, the state of Kansas, books, music, art, history and other things sometimes only tangentially related to the heart of the matter, written on a regular basis by Thomas Gladysz, Director of the LBS.
Opening Night Thursday, May 29. A
commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War with one of the
greats of all time, The Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse, the film that made
Valentino VALENTINO! Accompanied by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
who started life as Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra 25 years ago! We
look forward to their take on
The 2014 Silent Film Festival Award
goes to the BFI National Film Archive. Archivist Bryony Dixon will accept
the award at the Saturday afternoon screening of BFI's brilliant
restoration of The Epic of Everest,
the official film record of Mallory and Irvine's attempt to scale Everest. Two
other treasures from BFI's vaults will grace the screen at Festival 2014:
Anthony Asquith's Underground
and Maurice Elvey's Sherlock Holmes feature The Sign of Four!
Amazing Tales From the Archives returns
with more amazements! Bryony Dixon, Dan Streible, Craig Barron and Ben
Burtt will take us on a fascinating illustrated tour of early cinema.
Preservationist and showman Serge Bromberg will share a
selection from his vault of wonders, including the newly discovered version
of Keaton's The Blacksmith.
More shall be revealed in the program Serge Bromberg's Treasure Trove!
Once lost, now found: Ramona, a
California story starring Dolores Del Rio was recently restored from
materials found in the Czech National Archive. The torrid melodrama Midnight Madness
was repatriated from New Zealand and preserved as part of the Save
America's Treasures initiative. Our very own restoration project, The Good Bad Man
with dashing Douglas Fairbanks will have its world premiere at the